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Robin

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  • 68 reviews
  • 410 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (397)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Cynthia says: "Good story, well read, you know how it ends"
    "Journal Unbelievable"
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    While I think the premise of the story was good, it was obvious to me that in parts it was a man's fantasy imagining a woman's fantasy which I found a little insulting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Empress of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kage Baker
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers it could get. Outcasts, misfits, and dreamers emigrated in droves to undertake the grueling task of terraforming the cold red planet - only to be abandoned when the BAC discovered it couldn't turn a profit on Mars. Mary Griffith and her struggles and triumphs are at the center of it all, in her bar, the Empress of Mars.

    Dave says: "I love this book."
    "Unremarkable"
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    Narator's childlike voice makes it hard to listen to.
    Story unremarkable to science fiction. Could be anywhere anytime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel of Raithskar: Gandalara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Randall Garrett, Vicki Ann Heydron
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    When the fireball hit the cruise ship, Ricardo Carillo was already on his way out - a terminally ill language professor. He regained consciousness as a well man in the desert...only it wasn't a desert on Earth, and he was called Markasset, a master swordsman, son of a powerful leader, and a man on the run, accused of murder and the theft of a precious, sacred jewel. With the aid of Keeshah, a great war-cat with which he shared a telepathic link, he set out to clear his newfound name....

    Laura says: "So glad these have come to audio books"
    "Edgar Rice Burrows meet Quantum Leap"
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    That's pretty much it. Sounds like a Barsoom novel except not on mars. An earthling wakes up as someone else on another planet.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shenandoah Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Francis Hamit
    • Narrated By Gail Shalan, John Zdrojeski
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Historical fact-based fiction about the famous spy who played a key role in Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign. This narrative takes place between July 1861 and July 1862 and is the first in a series about the Confederate Secret Service and the women who were its most effective agents. Belle Boyd was the first woman in American History to be formally commissioned an army officer.

    Robin says: "Starts Like YA and suddenly moves to soft porn."
    "Starts Like YA and suddenly moves to soft porn."
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    This is supposed to be historical. I find it hard to believe that any woman of that time would write down some of the sexual stuff in this book. Don't be fooled by the lame cover art.

    It is a good story but don't let your kids listen until the hot barn scenes are edited out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defender: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    The three-time Hugo Award-winning author continues her second trilogy in the "superior alien-contact series." (Kirkus Reviews) National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh presents book two of her second Foreigner trilogy - the epic story of a single human delegate on a hostile alien planet. In this long-awaited sequel to Precursor, the alien atevi enter the treacherous politics of space travel-as their one human negotiator is caught in the throes of a mutiny.

    Pauline says: "A Comfortably Unique World"
    "Family Guilt went overboard."
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    Not much happened in this book. It was good but Brin ruminated so much about his family obligation that I wanted someone to hire the Assassin's Guild to take out his mother just to quit hearing about her. I can't believe the Atevi monarch didn't know what was going on there. Oh well, he finally moves on and things start happening so that I have already downloaded the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cuckoo's Egg

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders. Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important - but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that the future of two worlds might hinge on him, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence

    James says: "Do I hear Can't?"
    "Cuckoo;s Egg Begs For a sequel"
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    C. J. Cherryh is a magician in cultural indoctrination. It is almost irritating in her books to refer to humans as a culture we know. She puts the isolated human in a completely Alien society and makes us see through that culture's eyes. By the cover of the book we always know that thorn is human but he doesn't. Sometimes the dialoge may seem tedious but it is worth the wait to see the results.

    The conclusion actually begs for another book involving re-contact. I hope she writes it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows: Ashes Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive. Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love. But she was wrong. Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive....

    Aser Tolentino says: "Your Mileage Will Almost Certainly Vary"
    "Tired of constant cliffhangers and misdirection"
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    Too many people running in different directions and every one is in constant peril. Gorier and less interesting.. Feels like a literary trick to try to hold up a failing story but how long can you raise the bar of drama until one needs a nap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (681)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "I like the Narrator, she keeps me awake."
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    I saw some criticism of the Narrator. Well, Katherine Kelgrin certainly isn't monotone. I like to listen to books while I do other things. Monotone authors don't grab me into the stories unless I stop working and pay close attention.It isn't a bedtime story. I have also heard the narrator in other books.

    Ashes kept my interest enough that I'm am already listening to the next in the series.
    I don't usually like dystopian novels but I like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (139)

    Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.... Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia.

    Becca says: "On the whole, a disappointment"
    "Lois McMaster Bujold better at Sci-Fi than Fantasy"
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    I have read most of her books and the Barryaran universe books several times. I think her sci-fi is far superior to the Fantasy. I gave this one 4 points for performance but it just makes me want to go back and read about Miles.

    This book is another female breaking the mold in a world of lots of evil magic, ho hum...
    I believe in women's power but another medieval magic story...ho hum...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Local Custom: Liaden Universe Space Regencies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    The first of the seven books set in the Liaden Universe tells a rich and sweeping story of warring families and star-crossed lovers in a fantastic, other-world galaxy.

    Charlie says: "Classic Heyer-esque Romance with Cultural Clash"
    "Narrators make a big difference"
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    I have read every book of this series. Bernadette Dunn is an excellent narrator. I have listened to many books she has narrated and her voice makes a big difference. She is clear and her characters are easily recognizable. I find that changing narrators change the books. In later books it gets disjointed as same characters are read so differently that they are barely recognizable from book to book with narrator changes. In this series she does "Local Custom" and "Mouse and Dragon."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Dragon: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    What do you do when home is a conspiracy that's been discovered and destroyed? When home is a planet in a star system that's gone missing? When home means working for the destroyers of galaxies? When home is a spaceship that's calling out to the enemy? Cantra 'yos Phelium isn't a quitter, but she has more than a little problem: the Enemy has accelerated its attacks and how do you fight an Enemy whose major form of attack is the de-crystallization of everything around itself?

    Charlie says: "Cantra (the Dragon) to the Fore"
    "Human Story good but "Alien story" too S&M"
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    I get the feeling that Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are under pressure to make their books more raunchy. This is not their forte'. The story of the pilots in this book is well written but the story of the villains was too S&M sexually centric which is an odd quality for universe destroyers. I would picture such a culture with lack of interest or empathy for life.

    I also love their books but am getting pretty worn out of hearing the word "Pilot" as an overused pronoun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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